It’s no secret that infusing old with new is the modern farmhouse way. I mean, just look at the name of the style itself – “modern”, meaning current and new, plus “farmhouse”, meaning rustic and old. Simple as that. What a complementary combination. Our favorite combination at Teaselwood Farm.
While accomplishing the “new” part of the style equation is likely the easiest (hit up any furniture and décor store and WHAM, there’s new), here are some ideas to assist you on your treasure hunt for the “old”.
Vintage Furniture. Generally speaking, it’s sturdy, well-designed, and it offers beautiful curves, lines and construction overall. Unlike a lot of today’s furniture, it was built to last forever and ever.
Patina Furniture. The distressed look is so classic and gorgeous. It gives unmatchable character to an otherwise run-of-the-mill piece. Can’t find one you exactly as you’d like it? Choose a weathering technique and go at it yourself.
Architectural Salvage. Old doors, stained glass, vintage building materials, antique pieces of all shapes and sizes – the one-of-a-kind pieces that light up your wildest farmhouse dreams. That’s what we mean by architectural salvage. Check out an architectural salvage yard near you. You seriously never know what goodies you can find.
Accent Pieces. The name of the game when it comes to accent pieces? Mix ‘n’ match, with an emphasis on the “mix”. Go ahead and mix in counterpart accent pieces and accessories to give old décor a fresh look.
Graphic Artwork. This is how you add a little creative personality and dare we say funk to your farmhouse. This, my friends, is the modern part of it. Keeping it fresh and hip and interesting. Moreover, keeping it YOU – your style.
Along the same lines, while you’re curating your perfect modern farmhouse mix of old and new, don’t be afraid to think outside of the, well, lines. Welcome in some unusual pieces to create a space all your own.
Why, whatever do we mean? This, for example…
Use barn doors for doors. Talk about making an entrance!
Chalkboards. Snag them from garage sales and consignment shops and hang them everywhere you like – or, even easier, buy chalkboard paint and create however big a chalkboard area your heart desires. They’re so versatile and fun and offer that cozy, old school feeling. Literally.
Now that your brain is swirling with mixing and matching magnificence, let us know what cool combos you come up with for your own modern farmhouse. How do you interpret it into your lifestyle? Send us a pic of your favorite room or corner and we just might share it to inspire others!
Next and last (sniff, sniff) in our series of “How to Bring Modern Farmhouse Style to Your Home” – Furniture, storage and display: Keep it SIMPLE.